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Flintoff in talks over T20 return

Flintoff with The Ashes Urn in 2009 Credit: PA Images

Andrew Flintoff is poised to make a shock return to cricket after Lancashire announced they are in talks to bring back the former England all-rounder for their NatWest T20 Blast campaign.

Flintoff has not played competitively in nearly five years and bowed out of the game in a blaze of glory by helping England regain the Ashes in 2009, with his retirement, due to a succession of injuries, officially confirmed the following year.

But his old county have made no secret of the 36-year-old training with the first-team squad and working with academy players this season, while earlier this month, the Red Rose tellingly refused to rule out the prospect of Flintoff ending his retirement.

The chances of an imminent comeback are unlikely, with Lancashire beginning their T20 Blast campaign on Friday at Nottinghamshire, but Tuesday's announcement brings Flintoff a step closer to a surprise return.

"We are in talks with Andrew over possible involvement with the club during the NatWest T20 Blast campaign," said a Lancashire statement.Flintoff has embarked on a successful career in the media since retirement, featuring in a number of television and radio shows for the likes of Sky and the BBC.

Old Trafford miss out on Ashes Test match

Old Trafford has missed out on hosting an Ashes Test match as the full itinerary is revealed for Australia's tour in 2015.

Emirates Old Trafford cricket ground in Manchester Credit: Press Association

England's bid to regain the Ashes next year will begin in Cardiff. Further Tests will follow at Lord's, Edgbaston and Trent Bridge before the final Test of the summer at the Oval, beginning on August 20.

Despite a £32million redevelopment, Emirates Old Trafford has been snubbed as a venue.

The ground last held a game between England and Australia back last year.

Watch: Old Trafford ready for the Ashes test match

The bitter irony for Lancashire is that former coach Peter Moores, who left the Red Rose county to manage England, will meet Australia for the first time at Cardiff - the venue which won the nod over Old Trafford.

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Tufnell responds to Wirral Cricket Club's appeal for coaches

Former England spin bowler Phil Tufnel has offered words of wisdom to the members of Wirral Cricket Club, who hit the headlines after being bowled out for just three runs.

Tufnell responded to the club's appeal for coaches with: "looks like you've already read my coaching manual!"

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